President of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational (BTVI), Dr. Robert W. Robertson and New England Institute of Technology’s (NEIT) Vice Provost, Dr. Henry Young, recently signed agreements between the schools during a visit of NEIT officials to The Bahamas.
During a recent visit to The Bahamas, officials of New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) and the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) paid a courtesy call on State Minister in the Ministry of Education and Technical & Vocational Training, Zane Lightbourne. Shown from left to right are BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson; Minister Lightbourne; NEIT’s Vice Provost, Dr. Henry Young and NEIT’s Head of Information Technology, Erik van Renselaar.
The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) recently hosted officials of the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) to further develop a partnership between the two schools.
The visit by NEIT to The Bahamas was designed to detail specific pathways for students considering matriculating from BTVI to NEIT. Detailed articulation agreements are currently being developed for cyber security, network engineering, software engineering, construction management, electrical technology and business management. Others are actively being considered in allied health and the building trades.
In November 2021, the two institutions signed a general articulation agreement in Providence Rhode Island.
BTVI’s President, Dr. Robert W. Robertson stated that the partnership would be beneficial to students considering study options in the United States (US) through a recognized and accredited institution.
Visiting BTVI were NEIT’s Vice Provost, Dr. Henry Young and Head of Information Technology, Erik van Renselaar. Dr. Young noted that NEIT has had a very positive relationship with The Bahamas for more than 10 years and former BTVI students enrolled into NEIT were “very prepared for the academic rigor of the university.”
NETI is a fully accredited university, located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. NEIT offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs with a strong focus on engineering, technology and health science programs. The engineering, technology and trade programs teach students the skills necessary to obtain industry credentials from major businesses such as Amazon, Microsoft, Cisco, Ford, Chrysler, AutoCAD, SolidWorks and FANUC.
Credentials from the American Welding Society, American General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Federal Aviation Administration are also available to students, depending on the specific academic program. Health science programs are accredited by US accrediting agencies and prepare students for professional licensure examinations upon graduation.
“We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with BTVI to improve career and skills training for young Bahamians. On a national level, graduates from these types of degree programs help to close the skills gap in the United States and can have the same impact here in The Bahamas,” said Dr. Young.
“For the individual student, they lead to solid, well-paying careers in high demand fields,” he added.
During the visit to The Bahamas, NEIT and BTVI officials paid a courtesy call on State Minister in the Ministry of Education and Technical & Vocational Training, Zane Lightbourne.